每天读点英语美文—— 狗的赞歌

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每天读点英语美文—— 狗的赞歌:本文是一篇法庭辩护词,作者George Graham (1830-1904) 是美国密苏里州的一个议员,是当时杰出的演讲家和辩论家。本篇是他早年从事法律工作时在法庭上所作,其时他为一位因狗被杀而起诉的人做辩护。

本文是一篇法庭辩护词,作者George Graham (1830-1904) 是美国密苏里州的一个议员,是当时杰出的演讲家和辩论家。本篇是他早年从事法律工作时在法庭上所作,其时他为一位因狗被杀而起诉的人做辩护。辩护时,他没有要求任何证词,只是凭借其辩论就赢得了官司。他辩词的撼人之处在于:拿出人类兽性的一面与狗人性的一面作对比,引起法官们对狗的感激和同情,以及对杀狗人的强烈憎恶。这不仅仅是一篇辩护词,也是一篇优秀的讲演稿,更是对人性的呼唤…… 

The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from 

him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.

A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness.  He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side.  He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come from encounter with the roughness of the world.  He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journeys through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies.  And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the grave will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.               




1.rear   vt. 养育, 饲养, 举起, 建立

2.traitor   n. 叛徒, 卖国贼

He was surprised to discover that his best friend had turned traitor.  


3.treacherous  adj. 叛逆的, 危险的

He thinks that she is his friend, but she is treacherous.  

他认为她是他的朋友, 但她是个奸诈的人。

4.wintry   ['wintri] adj. 冬天的, 荒凉的

He drew a picture of wintry scene.  


5.pauper   n. 贫民, 被救济者, 穷人

The King disguised himself in a pauper's clothes. 


6.outcast   ['autkɑ:st]   adj. 被逐出的, 被遗弃的, 无家可归的 n. 被驱逐的人, 流浪人, 无赖

The outcast boy was brought up by the government.  


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